Monday, May 4, 2015

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook

Every Last Promise
By: Kristin Halbrook
Released: April 21, 2015
Source: Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer. Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about. (Goodreads)

I liked Every Last Promise. It was a very realistic story about not knowing whether or not to speak up.

Every Last Promise is the story of Kayla who saw something at a party before she drove a car into the ditch. She still hasn't told anyone about what she saw or why she was in that car in the first place.

Kayla is a realistic and well developed character. She loves her friends and the town she has grown up in. She just wants things to be like they were before the night of the car accident. She always had this plan to stay in her town, but things are different now and she has to decide whether or not to do the right thing. Kayla isn't always a very likable character, but I'm not one to mind an unlikable character all that much though. In this case it really makes you take a step back and think about what the bigger picture regarding the decisions she makes. 

I liked that the plot alternated between the present and the past. It helped move the story along and slowly revealed everything that happened the night of the accident. It also developed Kayla's love for her town. I just still feel like I wanted a bit more from this story though. I would have liked for some aspects of the story to have been slowed down and given the chance to develop more. I especially would have liked to see the side characters developed further because her friends all blurred together for me.

Overall I liked Every Last Promise. This book definitely made me question a lot. It was a realistic story about deciding between doing the right thing or staying quiet. 

My Rating:


  1. i really wished i knew why you gave it 3 out of 5 stars.. it sounds like an interesting book but i don't know if i won't be so frustrated at the main character while i am reading it

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Great review!

    I haven't seen/heard of this one, but it does sound like it would be a good read. It does suck; however, that the side characters blurred together and that there wasn't much development for them.

  3. Its always a bummer when all of the side characters blur together because side characters can be the best part when developed well. I do enjoy a book that makes you think and question things though. Great review!


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